Body outside burned house
A MAN’S body was found o u t s i d e t h e charred remains of his Magnetic Island house on Christmas night.
The 48-year-old man was found dead after f i r e f i g h t e r s e x - tinguished a blaze that b r o k e o u t i n h i s Mandalay Ave home on Monday.
The tightknit island community yesterday was struggling to deal with the shock discovery.
Magnetic I s l a n d police Senior Constable Brendan Nugent said the man’s death was not being treated as suspicious.
He said police were called to the Nelly Bay home after a fire broke out about 10pm.
He said neighbours had tried desperately to put out the fire before emergency services arrived.
‘ ‘ A n u m b e r o f neighbours or residents f r o m s u r r o u n d i n g streets became aware of the fire and attempted to put it out before emergency services arrived,’’ Sen-Constable Nugent said.
‘‘A number of people had observed the body of a male person at the rear of the premises.
‘‘A subsequent search located a man’s body outside.
‘‘Investigations are continuing into the cause, however at this stage there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.’’
S e n - C o n s t a b l e Nugent said the man was living there alone at the time of the fire.
It was understood the man’s wife and daughter had recently moved out, while he stayed on to put finishing touches to the house, which was on the market.
The lowset wooden house was gutted in the fire.
S e n - C o n s t a b l e Nugent confirmed the man had lived on the island for several years and was well known in the community.
His name had not been released yesterday, as his family was contacting other relatives.
Fire investigators and scenes of crime officers hunted for clues at the scene yesterday.
But Sen-Constable Nugent said it was too early to say how, or where the fire started.
‘‘All fires are treated as suspicious until we find a cause.’’ he said.
S e n - C o n s t a b l e Nugent said the cause of death had not been determined yesterday, but police were not treating it as suspicious.
A Queensland Police spokesman confirmed the man had not been injured in the fire, but appeared to have died of other injuries.
S e n - C o n s t a b l e Nugent said the cause of death would become clear when a p o s t mortem examination was conducted later this week.